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Published 11/01/2016

FC Barcelona and Argentina's forward Lionel Messi holds his trophy after receiving the 2015 FIFA Ballon dOr award for player of the year during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINIFABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images
FC Barcelona and Argentina's forward Lionel Messi holds his trophy after receiving the 2015 FIFA Ballon dOr award for player of the year during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINIFABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 11: Presenter James Nesbitt (L) takes a photo with (L-R) Carli Lloyd of the USA and Houston Dash, Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal and Real Madrid and Celia Sasic of Germany during the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2015 at the Kongresshaus on January 11, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images)
FC Barcelona and Argentina's forward Lionel Messi (R) delivers a speech flanked by FIFA interim president Issa Hayatou (L) after receiving the 2015 FIFA Ballon dOr award for player of the year during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORINOLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images
FC Barcelona and Argentina's forward Lionel Messi (R) embraces FC Barcelona and Brazils forward Neymar after receiving the 2015 FIFA Ballon dOr award for player of the year during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINIFABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images
FC Barcelona and Argentina's forward Lionel Messi (R) embraces FC Barcelona and Brazils forward Neymar after receiving the 2015 FIFA Ballon dOr award for player of the year during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINIFABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images
FC Barcelona and Argentina's forward Lionel Messi (R) shakes hands with FIFA interim president Issa Hayatou after receiving the 2015 FIFA Ballon dOr award for player of the year during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORINOLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images
FC Barcelona and Argentina's forward Lionel Messi waves with his trophy after receiving the 2015 FIFA Ballon dOr award for player of the year during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016.FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images
FC Barcelona and Argentina's forward Lionel Messi (R) shakes hands with Real Madrid and Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo after receiving the 2015 FIFA Ballon dOr award for player of the year during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORINOLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images
Brazil and Orlando City midfielder Kaka applauds FC Barcelona and Argentina's forward Lionel Messi (L) after he received the 2015 FIFA Ballon dOr award for player of the year during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORINOLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images
FC Barcelona and Brazils forward Neymar (C) speaks next to Northern Irish actor and host James Nesbitt (L) and British presenter and host Kate Abdo (R) during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORINOLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images
USA and Houston Dashs midfielder Carli Lloyd speaks after receiving the 2015 FIFA Womens World Player of the Year award during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORINOLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images
FC Barcelona and Argentina's forward Lionel Messi holds his trophy after receiving the 2015 FIFA Ballon dOr award for player of the year during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORINOLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images
FC Barcelona and Argentina's forward Lionel Messi looks at his trophy after receiving the 2015 FIFA Ballon dOr award for player of the year during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORINOLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images
FC Barcelona and Argentina's forward Lionel Messi (C) delivers a speech flanked by FIFA interim president Issa Hayatou (L) and Brazil and Orlando City midfielder Kaka after receiving the 2015 FIFA Ballon dOr award for player of the year during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINIFABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images
Northern Irish actor and host James Nesbitt and British presenter and host Kate Abdo (R) presente the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINIFABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images
Real Madrid and Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo signs autographs on the red carpet as he arrives for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL BUHOLZERMICHAEL BUHOLZER/AFP/Getty Images
Lionel Messis wife Argentinian model Antonella Roccuzo arrives on the red carpet for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL BUHOLZERMICHAEL BUHOLZER/AFP/Getty Images
Portugal and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo poses with fans on the red carpet as he arrives for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL BUHOLZERMICHAEL BUHOLZER/AFP/Getty Images
(From L) FC Barcelona and Brazils forward Neymar, Japan and Okayama Yunogo's Belle midfielder Aya Miyama and FC Barcelona and Argentina's forward Lionel Messi attend the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORINOLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images
FC Barcelona and Brazils forward Neymar (R) hugs Cameroon and Antalyaspor forward Samuel Eto'o (L) after being selected in the 2015 FIFA FIFPro World XI during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINIFABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images
FIFA interim president Issa Hayatou poses on the red carpet as he arrives for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL BUHOLZERMICHAEL BUHOLZER/AFP/Getty Images
Portugal and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo takes a selfie with fans on the red carpet as he arrives for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL BUHOLZERMICHAEL BUHOLZER/AFP/Getty Images
Argentina and FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi signs autographs on the red carpet as he arrives for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL BUHOLZERMICHAEL BUHOLZER/AFP/Getty Images
FC Barcelona and Brazils forward Neymar poses on the red carpet as he arrives for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL BUHOLZERMICHAEL BUHOLZER/AFP/Getty Images
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 11: FIFA Ballon d'Or nominee Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal and Real Madrid arrives for the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2015 at the Kongresshaus on January 11, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images)
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 11: Lionel Messi of Argentina and FC Barcelona and his partner Antonella Roccuzzo attend the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2015 at the Kongresshaus on January 11, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 11: FIFA Ballon d'Or nominee Neymar Jr of Brazil and FC Barcelona arrives for the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2015 at the Kongresshaus on January 11, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images)
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 11: Alessandro Florenzi of Italy and AS Roma arrives with a guest for the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2015 at the Kongresshaus on January 11, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images)
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 11: FIFA Ballon d'Or nominee Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal and Real Madrid arrives for the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2015 at the Kongresshaus on January 11, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images)
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 11: Lothar Mattaeus and Anastasia Klimko attend the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2015 at the Kongresshaus on January 11, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 11: The nominees for the major awards pose for a "selfie" with host James Nesbitt on the stage during the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2015 at the Kongresshaus on January 11, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 11: The FIFA FIFPro World XI assembles on stage during the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2015 at the Kongresshaus on January 11, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 11: Croatian cello duo "2Cellos" perform during the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2015 at the Kongresshaus on January 11, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

It's one of the most important sporting events of the year - but the Fifa Ballon d'Or 2015 awards were this year overshadowed by Northern Ireland actor James Nesbitt's hair.

The 50-year-old television and film star was co-hosting the coveted Fifa Ballon d'Or awards in Zurich.

James Nesbitt during the filming of the Graham Norton Show at The London Studios, south London.
James Nesbitt during the filming of the Graham Norton Show at The London Studios, south London.
James Nesbitt during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony
James Nesbitt during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony

It saw Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi crowned as world player of the year fending off fellow finalists Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar Jr.

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Speaking ahead of the ceremony Nesbitt said he would be the most star struck there.

"You've got Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar... then there's me, who used to play for Broughshane Boys' Brigade," said Nesbitt, who admits to being "as surprised as anyone else" he was asked to co-host one of the biggest nights in world football.

Nesbitt admitted: "I'm excited enough when I get to meet players involved with my hometown club of Coleraine."

But despite the huge names in the competition - it was the Northern Ireland actor who was the hot topic online.

Social media users were quick to draw attention to his noticeably fuller head of hair compared to that of his appearance on the Graham Norton show last week where it appeared to be dramatically different.

And before that at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards held in Belfast.

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The star previously revealed his fears of losing his hair and has undergone treatment to enhance it.

However it wasn't just the Northern Ireland actor drawing attention as there was plenty of sporting style being showcased at the awards with Ballon d'Or finalist Neymar leading the way with a striking hat.

 

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And although the actor had been warned against asking for autographs when surrounded by the football stars, he took his opportunity on stage to pose with Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar among others for a selfie.

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